Denguessi to embark on new career journey

Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director

With the recent birth of his second child and his goal of continuing his education in a Master’s Program, Capilano University Blues men’s volleyball head coach Emmanuel Denguessi has opted to move away from coaching in order to focus on his family, education, and career.

Denguessi spent three seasons as head coach of the Blues, and during his time he helped re-establish a culture of success with the men’s volleyball team. In 2017-18 was named PACWEST Coach of the Year after leading Capilano to a 19-5 regular season record, which tied a program record for wins in a season. Setter Simon Friesen was also named 2017-18 PACWEST and CCAA Player of the Year under his tutelage.

“It is my great joy that Emmanuel’s family is healthy and growing, but also sadness in his leaving. When I hired Emmanuel I knew he was a person of excellent character,” said Milt Williams, CapU Manager of Athletics & Recreation. “I knew he was the right person to strengthen the culture of the men’s volleyball program by leading by example. Emmanuel knows what it takes to excel both academically, athletically and how to be a male role model. Not only is Emmanuel a solid and knowledgeable coach, but with his excellent character he is one of the most decent individuals I know. 

“We wish Emmanuel all the best in his future endeavours and want him to know he will be missed in the college volleyball community and in the Capilano University Blues athletics program.”

Denguessi, who resides in Abbotsford, played one season for Capilano in 2007-08 – winning conference Rookie of the Year and CCAA Academic All-Canadian honours. He then went on to play for Columbia Bible College and win a CCAA National Championship. Prior to playing at the collegiate level, Denguessi was a setter on the Cameroonian National Team.

“What I will remember for my tenure as head coach at CapU is not the honour of being the 2017-18 PACWEST Coach the Year, nor the wins we had during the last season,” said Denguessi. “It will be the gracious, encouraging, empowering environment that was set for me, and the people who have journeyed with me. The yearly work performance reviews were always a life-giving experience where Milton Williams always reminded me to look at the big picture when I felt discouraged. I remember Rosanna Olynyk sharing encouraging words as I was mourning the passing of a loved one. The support of my coaching staff and the generosity of the other coaches increased my sense of belonging.

“Most of all, I will remember the student-athletes who are my heroes; those young men put on great shows for us every night. It is sad to leave the Blues family, but I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I had to have served as the head coach of CapU men’s volleyball.”

The Athletics & Recreation Department would like to thank Denguessi for his hard work and dedication over the past three seasons, and wishes him and his family the very best.

A job posting has been placed and hiring selections will begin immediately.